While there is plenty of online content offering advice on best practices for implementing Lean Manufacturing, companies can go one step further and bring in an expert to help transform operational efficiencies and maximize product quality. Lean consultants typically visit a facility on several occasions, if not for an extended period of time, to assess the process in place, identify areas for improvement, and ultimately help implement corresponding Lean practices.
In terms of lean consultants, there are many choices available to you. Each one offers specific expertise that you’ll want to compare and consider to ensure you find the firm that can best align all aspects of your organization with Lean Manufacturing and simplify the transition. To help start the evaluation process, here are eight top U.S.-based contenders:
Optima are continuous improvement professionals based in De Pere, Wisconsin, who offer Lean consulting and ongoing education, including a continuous improvement peer group to help practitioners keep management and employees united around the same vision.
Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) helps manufacturing companies in southern and eastern counties of Wisconsin become more efficient and profitable through Lean and Six Sigma consultation and certification, along with a variety of other services.
Nexus Global is an asset performance management consulting company based in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Lean Manufacturing is one of the firm’s specialties and it offers three tiers of consultation: Full Organizational Lean Implementation, Strategic Value Stream Mapping and Lean Kaizen Facilitation Support.
Performance Solutions by Milliken is a division of Milliken & Company in Spartanburg, South Carolina, comprised of people who average more than 15 years of service with the company or at other notable manufacturing companies. They teach Lean principles and share other value-added information learned through their considerable firsthand experience.
GBMP is a Boston, Massachusetts-based not-for-profit organization that offers Lean consulting services across the U.S. and maintains a community for Lean practitioners. In addition, GBMP has developed an award-winning library of Lean training materials, and is a licensed Shingo Institute affiliate.
Lean Consulting Associates LLC offers Lean services and improvement strategies to a range of global companies looking to pinpoint problems that are holding them back.
Lean Advisors serves companies in the U.S. and Canada by providing consultants that map out Value Streams with respect to customer value, and engage directly with workers to implement organization-wide Lean practices.
Local technical colleges may also provide Lean training services. In Wisconsin, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) are good places to start, and they may also be great resources for talent recruitment.
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